A fee dispute between Time Warner and CBS continued into its fourth week; the blackout which began August 2, seemingly has no end in sight for the Los Angeles area, prompting disgruntled customers to file a class action lawsuit against the cable company.
In response to the blackout CBS has blocked Time Warner internet subscribers from accessing their content online, leaving customers in the middle of the bitter dispute.
Time Warner emailed customers stating, “CBS Corporation, the owner of several TV networks and broadcast TV stations, has made outrageous demands for the right to continue delivering their programming to our customers. As a result, several CBS-owned channels have been removed from your lineup while we continue to negotiate for fair and reasonable terms.
We deeply regret being forced into this position by CBS, but we're prepared to stand by our customers and do what it takes to fight these unreasonable demands.”
CBS’ website urges Time Warner customers to switch to a new cable provider. Showtime posted a message on their website, “We will continue to work in good faith to work out a mutually agreeable contract with Time Warner Cable. In the meantime, please call 1-888-TW-CABLE to ask that they restore your service.”
Subscribers are missing out on the final season of “Dexter” on Showtime. CBS’ fall slate is set to roll out on September 18. If the dispute is not settled fans will miss new episodes of “How I Met Your Mother,” “Big Bang Theory” and “The Good Wife.”
In addition to the blackout of CBS and Showtime, local channel KCAL has also been dropped as has The Movie Channel, Flix and Smithsonian Channel. Time Warner has offered a credit to customers for the days that premium channels are blocked out. Starz and Encore have been offered up as replacements for the Showtime and The Movie Channel. CBS has been replaced by Starz Kids and Family.